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How has American culture influenced Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries?

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October 03, 2016 3:22PM

Superficially only. These countries now have hamburger joints and the people drink Coke. But although they all formally have embraced many Western values such as democracy, freedom of speech, minorities' and womens' rights, an independent judiciary, rule of law etcetera (they had to, in order to be allowed in as UN members), the truth is that few Western values have ever taken much root in the Middle East. Chasing out dictators - as happened in Egypt, Lybia and Iraq - only brought in new dictators or led to tribal infighting and religious conflict. And in many Middle Eastern countries the role of Islam and shari'a has become ever more oppressive.